Measuring over 2,000 square feet, this uniquely shaped cabin amps up lakeside living in Minnesota.

In St. Louis County, a 2,144-square-foot abode has been beautifully designed by Minnesota–based Salmela Architects to replace an old, non-insulated cabin that once existed on the site. Located on a wooded plot that slopes down toward Lake Vermilion, the three-level cabin know as Hyytinen comprises of two rectilinear volumes, which have been stacked perpendicular to each other to form an L-shaped floor plan.

The upper volume extends over a small patio.

The upper volume extends over a small patio.

Courtesy of Paul Crosby

The cabin’s façade has been crafted from Western Red Cedar and coated in a pine, tar-like treatment to give the exterior its rich, dark gray color. A “splash base” siding has also been installed underneath the wood-board cladding to ensure a more durable structure. 

“The stone walls, steps, and pathways provide a wonderful warmth and contextual appropriateness to the rugged Northern Minnesota setting,” says founder David Salmela.

Courtesy of Paul Crosby

The old property was oriented toward the east and sat parallel to the lake. This new cabin looks toward a restored cinderblock sauna to the south and is set perpendicular to the nearby lake.

The old property was oriented toward the east and sat parallel to the lake. This new cabin looks toward a restored cinderblock sauna to the south and is set perpendicular to the nearby lake. 

Courtesy of Paul Crosby

See the full story on Dwell.com: Two Rectangular Volumes Unite to Form a Colorful Lakeside Cabin

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